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I just bought a 1st gen '88 4cyl. 5 speed, short bed, kind of a barn find, only 74k miles. Originally from Texas, she's a non runner currently as it has been sitting 10 years, cleaning the fuel system now, and waiting on some parts. I'm an S10 fan, and was looking for one to daily drive when I stumbled upon this Dakota. My hopes are to lower it, and possibly in the future do an engine swap to a V8, or maybe something unusual. Anyway, I need to figure out to navigate around this forum for pictures, and ideas. A GM fan, so any advice on these Dakotas would be appreciated!
 

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Welcome! If you do the V8 swap in an 88 you’ll need to use electric cooling fan. Look at the mods Shelby automotive made to put a 318 into the Dakota’s before Dodge added 1” to the Dakota’s to accommodate a factory V8 option. It might be interesting to add a turbo to the 4 banger like Dodge and Shelby did to 4 bangers in the 80’s.

Good luck and enjoy your new toy.
 
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